Watching the landing of Snow Geese

I biked to the dyke today in the beautiful afternoon. Here're the photos that I took.

2009-03-22: Sky-watch
Today's sky-watch photo. Quite pleasant.

Watched a wild chase between a female Northern Harrier (left) and three crows.

I also had a fun time observing how the Snow Geese perform their landings.

1. Hover to where one wishes to land.
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)

2. Flap wings to generate some lift to avoid crashing to the ground and landing on other goose. Voila! A safe landing.
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
Snow Geese are not completely white, as you can see their wings are black tipped. It is thanks to a dark pigment called melanin, as it helps to strength the wingtips of most white-winged birds. (I just learned about this fact from Julie Zickefoose's latest post on Jabiru.)

Someone decided to collect some Snow Geese feathers and decorate this ancient fence post.

Feathers up-close.

Great Blue Heron waiting for me to leave so that it can go back to staring into the water.


Anonymous said...

Great shots of the Snow Geese. I almost felt I needed to duck when I saw the one goose coming straight at me!

Cicero Sings said...

We had a beautiful day too. Great "landing" photos on those snow geese.

Chris said...

Excellent post, I would love to see snow goose, but it happens only rarely over here

Anonymous said...

I could watch them land and take off all day long. They are quite beautiful geese.

PSYL said...

Thanks to everyone for their comments. The Snow Geese are quite common during this time of the year as they migrate northward again. I'm just glad they allowed me to get close enough to take these photos.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...